Severe Winter Weather Resources

The White House has issued a Federal Emergency Declaration for Texas in response to the severe winter weather throughout the state. 
VICTORIA, Texas — As temperatures remain low and power outages continue in Texas, my office is in communication with local officials. We’re working to help in any way we can. Please reach out if we can be of assistance to you, answer questions, or facilitate information. You can find contact information at the end of this email.
Since yesterday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has ordered utility providers across the state—including American Electric Power (AEP)—to begin shedding electricity, and they don’t know when the grid will stabilize. In total, 34,000 megawatts (MW) has been forced off the system since early Monday. Yesterday, ERCOT announced that it was working to restore 2,500 MW of power—serving 500,000 households.
The ice storm caused a drastic demand in electricity. This demand combined with adverse weather created a strain on the electric grid and caused equipment failures across normal electricity generating sources (i.e. natural gas pipelines freezing up, turbines being frozen, etc.). ERCOT has said that some of the issues with power generation have been rectified so some power should be restored today and tomorrow, hopefully decreasing the number of outages. For instance, South Texas Project (STP) has said that they are trying to get back online this evening. Once AEP receives orders from ERCOT, it will begin restoring power.
In addition, Governor Abbott issued a disaster declaration in all 254 counties, deployed resources throughout the state, and ordered the Texas State Operations Center to expand its daily operations to 24-hours a day. The White House has issued a Federal Emergency Declaration for Texas in response to the severe winter weather throughout the state.
Resources and Information:
  • Be aware of any sources that ask you to text your private account number to them in order to restore power. This is a scam according to ERCOT.
  • Call (800) 525-5555 for roadside assistance if you become stranded on the road. You can find road condition updates at DriveTexas.org.
  • Follow FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency for other updates.
  • Monitor U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) for winter weather watches, warnings and advisories, and listen to the instructions of your local officials.
  • If you have power, keep your usage low and if you don’t, unplug all major appliances until you get it.
  • You can also keep warm by closing the blinds and curtains, stuffing towels or rags in cracks under doors to prevent the loss of heat, and bundling up.
  • Keep indoor space heaters at least three feet from other items.
  • Place generators outdoors and away from windows, keep them dry and properly grounded, and never plug them into a wall outlet or main electrical panel.
  • A boil water notice is currently in effect for Nueces County.
Warming Centers:
All Corpus Christi area warming centers linked HERE.
San Patricio County:
Calvary Baptist Church (210 W. Myrtle Ave Aransas Pass, TX 78336)
Matagorda County:
Tidehaven High School (144 FM 1095 Elmaton, TX 77440)
Fielding Facebook messages. Visitors need to bring their own personal items.
Wharton County:
Danevang Volunteer Fire Department (10753 S, TX-71 El Campo, TX 77437)
Phone Number: (979) 543-9700
First Presbyterian Church (1602 John Knox St. Wharton, TX 77488).
Phone Number: (979) 532-3375
Calhoun County:
Bayside Community Church (25080 TX-172, Port Lavaca, TX 77979)
Phone Number: (361) 893-5918
YMCA (713 TX-35 Port Lavaca, TX 77979)
Phone Number: (361) 551-2562
Open from noon to 5 p.m. Providing free showers and a place to charge technology devices, must bring: towel, toiletries and wear a mask
Seadrift Civic Center (501 S. Main St. Seadrift, TX 77983)
Parkway Church Port Lavaca (2400 Highway 35 South, Port Lavaca, TX 77979)
Phone Number: (361) 582-6484
Lavaca County:
K of C (321 US 77 South, Hallettsville, TX 77964)
Phone Number: (361) 798-2311
Required to wear a mask and practice 6 foot social distancing. Asked to bring own supply of food and drinks. Any snacks and drinks that may be available will be limited.
Victoria County:
C3 Victory Church (1604 E. Crestwood Drive, Victoria, TX 77901).
Phone Number: (361) 573-5930
Hot soup, hot chocolate and coffee available from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
Mid Coast Family Services
Phone Number: (361) 575-7842
Salvation Army
1304 N. Louis Street Victoria, TX 77901
Phone Number: (361) 572-3778